|Drawing of steerable dirigible created by Henri |
Giffard, which reportedly flew 15 miles in 1852.
Back at the turn of the last century, however, people were trying to solve riddle of flight. Hot air balloons had been around for more than a century, but a hot air balloon has only two controls: up and down. Dirigibles came along in the mid-19th century, with steam-driven engines and controls. However, fixed-wing, heavier-than-air craft would have to wait for the invention of the internal combustion engine.
|Orville Wright, 1903|
|Wilbur Wright, 1903|
And, just because everybody loves movies like this, here are some attempts at flight that didn't work out so well.
The last flight in that clip is the Wright Brothers. It was just a century from their first flight to the T.S.A.